The Miracle of the Sun

The Cova da Iria at Fatima Portugal on October 13, 1917.

The Cova da Iria at Fatima Portugal on October 13, 1917.

October 13 — Today is the anniversary of The Miracle of the Sun, which was witnessed by many thousands of people in this field.

Cova da Iria (“Irene’s Cove”) was a field which was used for pasture land and which belonged to the Santos family in Fatima, Portugal. Lúcia dos Santos was one of three shepherd children visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary, who brought the children several messages. (The other two are Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto.)

The visitations began on May 13, 1917; on October 13, 1917, the Miracle of the Sun (O Milagre do Sol) was witnessed by more than 30,000 people. The event was officially accepted as a miracle by the Roman Catholic Church on 13 October 1930.

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